Jazz 85, Grizzlies 79

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)—Memphis just couldn’t come down with the ball.

The Utah Jazz, led by Andrei Kirilenko’s 21 points, outrebounded the Memphis Grizzlies by a large margin Friday night to win their third straight game, 85-79.

The Jazz outrebounded the Grizzlies 44-26 and had 16 offensive rebounds to five for Memphis.

“You can get five blindfolded. Five fall into your hands,” said Grizzlies coach Hubie Brown.

Kirilenko, who was 3-for-4 from 3-point range, also had nine rebounds while Greg Ostertag had seven and Jarron Collins and Mikki Moore had six each.

Pau Gasol, the Grizzlies leading scorer and rebounder, was held to 10 points and two rebounds.

“Our offensive rebounds were a good indicator of us playing hard,” Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. “We needed all that we could get. Your confidence comes back when you play hard and we played with that tonight.”

Moore, who was part of Utah’s inside defense, said he knew that helping contain Gasol was important. Moore signed a 10-day contract with the Jazz on Wednesday.

“I’m trying to get a job,” Moore said. “Coach told me I did pretty good. Now I’ve just got to show him I’m consistent.”

James Posey led Memphis with 24 points and Bonzi Wells, who made his first start since joining the Grizzlies last month, had 14. Wells replaced Mike Miller, who was sidelined with back spasms.

Utah got 18 points each from Carlos Arroyo and Raja Bell, who was 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Over the five previous games, Bell was 1-for-12 from outside the arc.

Gasol said the Jazz were tough inside and determined in their rebounding.

“That was their chance to win. I think that they knew that and they did a good job and never quit pounding the glass,” Gasol said.

The Grizzlies’ 26 rebounds was a season low and just two better than their all-time low set in 1996.

The loss was the second for Memphis after setting a franchise record of eight straight wins.

Utah started the second period with eight unanswered points, including two 3-pointers from Bell, to tie the score at 24-24.

Another 3-pointer from Bell with 6:19 left in the half put Utah ahead 31-30, and the Grizzlies trailed from then on.

Utah held Memphis to eight points in the second period, the Grizzlies’ lowest production in a quarter this season.

With a 13-2 run that included nine points from Bell, the Jazz broke for the

Notes

The Grizzlies’ 32 points in the first half tied a season low set at Portland on Nov. 5. … The Grizzlies are 5-6 against Utah since moving to Memphis. At the Pyramid, Memphis holds a 4-2 advantage. … Overall, the Jazz lead the series 28-6. … Utah F Michael Ruffin, who missed 33 games with an abdominal strain, made his 11th start. … Memphis G Jason Williams hit hisonly free throw of the night, giving him 13 straight and 21 of his last 22.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Utah
A. Kirilenko A. Kirilenko
6-10,  21 Pts
9 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Memphis
J. Posey J. Posey
7-11,  24 Pts
6 Rebs, 2 Assists

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